The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (NJCHS) was founded in 1985 to collect, preserve, and present to the public the history of law in the western United States and the Pacific Islands and educates children and the general public about the judicial system, the rule of law, and other civic values.
The organization takes its name from the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, the court circuit that adjudicates federal law in nine western states and the Pacific Islands--Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.
Governed by a fifty member Board of Directors, the NJCHS serves over 2,000 members, the legal profession, historians, court personnel, school children, and the general public.
Programs and activities include:
• Western Legal History, a semi-annual scholarly journal
• Oral History Program, recording the life stories of prominent members of the legal profession
• The Oral History Collection Directory (Coming Soon!)
• Traveling Exhibit Program, displaying exhibits such as Building Justice: Federal Courthouse Architecture in the American West in courthouses, law schools, and other venues from Anchorage to Honolulu
• Publications include Patterns of Vengeance: Cross-cultural Homicide in the North American Fur Trade (1999), Partners Through Time: Preparing Law Firm Histories (1991), The Federal Judges Association: A Decade of Achievement 1982-1992 (1993).
• Technical Assistance, advising the courts, NJCHS members, and bar associations on historical issues including research, document preservation, exhibits, and commemoration of historical events
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